Although it was only Wednesday yesterday, two by-elections had their polling day, a Conservative and a Labour seat. Both, hooray, had a Liberal Democrat candidate.
By-elections are only usually on Thursday by convention. The law does not require it. Although not common, by-elections can happen on any other weekday, with last year seeing both Tuesday and Wednesday used, for example. But back to yesterday.
First up, Exeter and a by-election caused by a Labour councillor who is under police investigation resigning:
Good to see us contesting that ward, but even better to see the result in the second by-election… a Liberal Democrat gain in Surrey on a 22% swing.
This happened in Goldalming Central & Ockford ward, part of Waverley Council:
Back in 2003 Goldalming Central & Ockford was a Lib Dem ward, but by 2015 the party was not even contesting it. Turning the clock back to the old days is rather welcome in this case, following up the party’s gain of the county council seat in the area in May.
You might think the Conservatives will start to get a bit jumpy in the face of these regular defeats at the hands of the Liberal Democrats.
More by-election results to come today.
These by-election results round-ups cover principal authority by-elections. See my post The danger in celebrating parish and town council wins for your own party for the reasons to avoid straying too often into covering town, parish or community council by-elections.